The Cleveland Cavaliers, who have been dealing with numerous injuries this season, are glad to have first round pick Dion Waiters back from an ankle injury.
Waiters missed eight games because of the injury, with guys like C.J. Miles, Jeremy Pargo and Alonzo Gee earning more minutes while he was out.
The rookie has played in two games since returning, the first of which was a home loss against the Toronto Raptors. Waiters had eight points on 4-of-13 shooting and also dished out four assists in the loss.
The next day, the Cavaliers had a road games against the Boston Celtics and ended up with another loss, this time falling 103-91. Waiters fared better this time around, scoring 13 points on 6-of-15 shooting, while chipping in with four rebounds, four assists and a steal. Turnovers have been an issue for the rookie though as he’s coughed it up three times in each game since coming back.
As for his season numbers, Waiters is averaging 14.7 points, 3.4 assists and 2.3 rebounds per game, but is shooting a dreadful 36.3 percent from the floor. That number is sure to go up – it can’t get much worse – as the young guard continues to find his feet in the NBA. He’s also shooting 33.3 percent from three and 74.1 percent from the line.
Despite owning some talent like Waiters and then Kyrie Irving and Anderson Varejao, the Cavaliers are just 5-22 so far this season. They’ve lost five straight games and 10 of their last 11 ahead of Friday night’s home date with Indiana.
We are however inclined to believe that this team will fare much better once they get fully healthy. Irving and Waiters have recently returned, but now Varejao is dealing with a sore knee. Who knows how competitive this team could be when all three are feeling good.